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Entertainment stories in McHenry County in 2013

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Add a couple more shows to McHenry County's list of cameos. Television film crews descended upon at least two locales in 2013, bringing more prominence to an area already known for the 1993 hit "Groundhog Day" filmed on the Woodstock Square. In April, the popular Food Network show "Restaurant: Impossible," descended upon Angelo's Restaurant on the Woodstock Square. As part of the show, Chef Robert Irvine is given two days and $10,000 to turn around failing restaurants. The result aired in June, with the restaurant featuring more modern decor and new menus. October brought crews from the NBC hit drama "Chicago Fire" to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union. Producers targeted the museum as an ideal spot for one of the series' biggest accident scenes, including a train derailment and crash into a warehouse. The filming, which took four days, used about 150 extras recruited from the area. The scene aired as part of "Chicago Fire's" seventh episode of the current season. The series based on the firefighters and drama surrounding the fictitious Chicago Firehouse 51 is in its second season.